Two arrested, face recommended Child Endangerment with Methamphetamine charges

Virginia Villa and Ronny Bay (courtesy of Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Police say that two people were arrested on multiple recommended charges, including Child Endangerment with Methamphetamine.

Casper Police Department records show that Ronny Bay, born 1975, and Virginia M Villa, born 1991, were arrested and booked into the Natrona County Detention Center before the noon hour on September 1, 2019.

Both Villa  and Bay each face recommended charges of misdemeanor Marijuana and Methamphetamine Possession. They also each face a recommended felony charge of Child Endangering with Methamphetamine.

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Both suspects were arrested on the 800 block of East 3rd Street, after a report came in that children were in the private home with methamphetamine.

Upon arrival, police contacted a caretaker at the home. Police say that they were allowed inside, and noted that a canister, commonly used to hold marijuana, was seen in the home, along with an ad hoc pipe with suspected marijuana was also found. Police also report finding a digital scale.

All of the items were found in the same room as a child’s bed.

During an investigation of the home, police say that Bay arrived at the residents. Bay was said to have told officers that he sometimes smoked marijuana, but denied ownership of the paraphernalia that police had observed.

It is reported that Bay gave police permission to search the residence.

During that search, officers report finding two jeweler’s baggies inside of a dresser drawer, when Bay asked police to stop searching the home.

Bay was reported to have told officers that the baggies were old, and that he had last used methamphetamine over two weeks prior.

Police also contacted Villa who arrived on scene. Villa is said to have admitted to being a methamphetamine and marijuana user and said that she lived in the home.

Bay and Villa were ultimately arrested, and a juvenile in the home was taken into safe custody.

The suspects were then transported to the NCDC, and a search warrant for the 3rd Street residence was obtained.

A search of the home was eventually conducted and officers report finding a bag of suspected methamphetamine, and multiple jeweler’s baggies.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.